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february nebraska senator chuck hagel hammered today at his senate confirmation hearing. one of the most heated exchanges came from his former friends senator john mccain who grilled hagel on his opposition to the 2007 surge of u.s. forces into iraq. >> deserves your judgment as to whether you were right or wrong about the surge. >> i'll explain why i made those comments. >> i want to know if you were right or wrong. that's a direct question. i expect a direct answer. >> hagel said it wasn't a yes or no answer but senator mccain didn't give him a chance to explain. hagel spent a lot of time clarifying pree clarifying previous positions. including supporting the rights of gays in the militaries. if confirmed, he would be the first enlisted man to be as defense secretary. his supporters say that experience makes him uniquely qualified for the job. >>> now to a developing story in mexico. 14 people are dead and 80 injured after an explosion at the headquarters of mexico's state-run oil company. the blast damaged three floors of the building. several thousand workers have been evacuated. the
with our award-winning mobile app. take a step forward... and chase what matters. >>> a done deal, chuck hagel will be america's next defense secretary. nbc bay area's janelle wang is here with world tonight. >>> a stall by republicans earlier this month, hagel a former republican senator had resistance from his own party and were unhappy with his back and forth on the iraq war and his stance on israel and iran. one person for sure happy with today's news, outgoing defense secretary leon pa nnetta. he wasn't able to step down until a new defense secretary was in place. panetta is back at his carmel valley home tonight. >>> a fragile truce in jeopardy after a rocket was fired into southern israel. no one was hurt but the attack puts a three-month ceasefire on thin ice. militants say they fired the rocket in retaliation for what they call the torturous death of a palestinian prisoner who died in israeli custody over the weekend. israel said an exact cause of death could not be determined and says the bruising and broken ribs of the prisoner may have been caused by resus nation efforts not
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